COPING WITH DYSLEXIA DURING EXAM TIME

Most students are already in the throws of their exams, trying hard to absorb vital information that they may be tested on.  However for many dyslexic people the pressure is even stronger right now.  Here are a few tips that intend to lighten the load.

Firstly, if you know that you’re dyslexic and so do the school or college that you attend, you should already have certain support plans in place.  Dyslexia is a recognised disability under the Equality Act 2010, which requires organisations to ensure that people with disabilities are not treated unfavourably, and are offered reasonable adjustments.  A dyslexic candidate can be assessed by qualified experts to recommend correct support according to their needs, ensuring they are given a fair chance during their examinations. Every dyslexic will have different requirements therefore access arrangements will be needed to put in place individually.

The following are potential areas in which a dyslexic can find highly challenging.

  • Processing, organising and sequencing information.
  • Reading and writing accuracy, automaticity and fluency in writing can prevent the candidate from achieving their potential.
  • Dyslexics can be prone to stress which could potentially exacerbate difficulties. 

Allowances during an exam can include 25% extra time (which is the usual allocation), a reader or the use of assistive software, oral language modifier, a scribe, the use of a computer instead of handwriting,  exam papers to be on coloured paper in dyslexia friendly format, supervised rest breaks or a hard copy  instead of on screen. There are other possbilities, for example being able to take your exam in a separate room to prevent disturbance, or being seated in a suitable place in the examination hall.

Whether you have any of these in place or not, you are more likely to feel the pressure more than those without any dyslexia.  It’s important to make sure you feel good about yourself so make sure to:

  • Keep up your spirits by taking breaks and doing things that give you a boost whether it’s a sport or hobby that you might be good at. 
  • Stop comparing yourself to others – everyone is different!
  • Do positive self talking – a positive mind creates a positive soul.
  • Think about the things that make you happy and make sure you let yourself do these things.
  • Do things you’re good at – boost that confidence. 
  • Try something new like a new sport or hobby. 
  • And last but not least, if people compliment you make sure you accept them!

Good luck and keep up the hard work, it will pay off and you will be pleased you persevered.  

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